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post #1 of 3
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Hey guys,


I am in a bit of a bind. I have been to 2 boot fitters. One that was in Chicago, and one in Park City. I am having a huge problem with my feet falling asleep after about 30-45 minutes of skiing. This has been a very frustrating experience. I have a very high instep.


My story:


I picked up boots about 10 years ago when I was 12. Our sports store here in Indianapolis was going out of business and my mom got me boots that are not considered 2 sizes to big for my foot as an adult. I can ski these boots without much skiing problem, but when doing bumps my feet will shift forward into the front of the boot, or on steep terrain my feet will shift. I decided that it was time to go see a boot fitter.


So, I went to a boot fitter in Chicago since Indianapolis is not the mecca of skiing. He fitted me for Technica Dragons which caused major quad pain and my feet falling asleep. The quad pain was so severe I could not even make it down a 500 foot vertical slope. He agreed to put me in another boot which was the Technica Phoenix's that had the air bladder so you could make the boot more tight or less tight. These eliminated the quad pain, but my feet were still falling asleep. (Grinding, punching, intuition liners were all used).


I go to Park City and go to a well respected boot fitter that was recommended many times on Epic. He immediately says that my feet are very high volume, but they are short compared to the volume in them. He went directly to the Fischer Vacuum Boot. The mold ability would be the best solution for my problem. These as well caused my feet to fall asleep. I skied two days on them in Park City. He tried everything to get the Vacuum boots molded and the liners cut out to relieve the pressure on my instep to no avail.


Is there a next step, or should I just deal with my old boots? I do not know where to go from here.

post #2 of 3

has your ankle joint range of motion been assessed, often forgotten and most common with someone with a very high instep


not sure about the fisher but the tecnica's have a pretty high degree of forward lean and this will use up any motion you have, next thing that happens is your heel looses contact, you put all the weight through the balls of your feet and the instep of the boot feels like it is crushing you from above


same thing can apply if you have a very large calf muscle


1st stop discuss further with your boot fitter

post #3 of 3

Have a boot fitter measure your instep to heel ratio. If you do have a high instep your main problem could be the sizing of the boot. A LITTLE more length in the boot may give you more instep clearance. A good custom footbed can also be helpful. Good Luck...

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